Open Source Solutions Gain Acceptance in Enterprise Projects
A new survey says open source solutions are being considered for the majority of enterprise IT projects. The survey, by FuseSource Corp., an open source integration firm, outlines deciding factors leading organisations to chose and open source solution.
"Open source solutions - as a category - are now legitimately viewed as a highly attractive alternative to proprietary, high priced solutions from traditional commercial vendors, and in fact are creating new market opportunities," said Larry Alston, president at FuseSource.
Top line findings from the FuseSource survey include:
Open source is being considered for the majority of enterprise IT projects: In response to the question, "In what percentage of projects do you plan to employ open source solutions by the end of 2011" more than half of the respondents (51 percent) indicated that they plan to employ open source in more than 50 percent of their projects.
Flexibility cited as top benefit in adopting open source: In response to the question, "In what ways has the deployment of open source benefited your IT/development organisation?" - increased flexibility rated highest with 73 percent of the responses, followed by shorter development time (58 percent).
Combination of cost savings and technological advantages driving deployment: In response to the question, "If you have deployed or are planning to deploy open source in the enterprise, what drove the decision?" - cost benefit received 89 percent of the responses, followed by flexibility (73 percent) and technical benefits (72 percent).
The survey included companies from numerous industries including research, financial, government, energy, education, retail, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.